John Harbaugh Didn’t Know To Challenge Wes Welker Trapped Ball

Wes Walker makes non-catch, John Harbaugh misses call in Ravens-BroncosHow much would it have mattered? Who really knows?

To start the second half, Peyton Manning was sacked for a seven yard loss, he threw to Knowshon Moreno for a gain of 8 yards on 2nd down. Then, on 3rd and 9, Manning and the Broncos moved the chains on a 10 completion to Wes Welker. Only one thing: the ball bounced off the ground.

I saw it. You saw it. The whole darn world saw it. It wasn’t a completion.

But Manning, being the sly dog that he is, came up to the offensive line in a no huddle and quickly ran a passing play eliminating John Harbaugh’s chance of challenging the ruling on the field. Two plays later, the Broncos tacked on six points with a 28 yard TD pass to Andre Caldwell and took their first (and final) lead of the game.

“That’s something we got to see [after the game],” Harbaugh said after the game according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “It’d be nice if NBC would show that and get a chance to look at it. We never saw that.”

I’m not sure how they didn’t. Viewers at home saw a couple different angles before Manning shouted some random cities, pointed at a linebacker and ran the Broncos’ next play. You’ve got to think that the Ravens at least have access to what we’re seeing on TV, right?

Apparently not. Denver would score 21 unanswered points in the third quarter and the Ravens would lose their first season opener under Harbaugh and Joe Flacco, 49-27.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

3 Comments

  1. Ravens2488

    September 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    That’s because Harbaugh is the worst flag tosser in the league! How many times has he lost a replay or not thrown the flag when he should have? He sucks at it. As well, he’s always making excuses. Like you said, if we see it you know they see it plus additional footage AND they have people that look at those plays solely for tossing the crimson fabric… Typical jackass he is…

  2. Pole

    September 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Easy, easy 2488, your gonna pop a blood vessel and its only week 1….

  3. polyalum

    September 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Why doesn’t the NFL take it completely out of the coaches and the referees hands and have officials in a booth look at all the plays, not just those within 2 minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarter?